Fast boat to Mandalay

We caught the MGRG ‘express’ from Bagan to Mandalay (12 hours).  This involved walking down a sand dune in the middle of the night (ok, 5am, but it was very dark) and then shuffling along a narrow plank to get on board. Once there, however, it was a very comfortable and enjoyable ride. Breakfast and lunch provided, and two! flushing toilets. Luxury.


The river is a highway. Here’s someone towing an island of small logs, with a worker camped on top.
The river was shallow in places, and many boats had one or two people at the front of the boat checking water depth.